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Soccer Star Subject of New Book

Remembering Massapequa’s Great Soccer Heroine

The tragic story of a Massapequa girl who became a top-flight college soccer star, only to lose her life in an automobile accident, is now the subject of a book, one that examines the relationship between Patricia Louise Masotto and her father, Peter.
Dad’s Masterpiece: The Patricia Masotto Story, authored by Mineola resident Jeffrey M. Clark, is available from Strategic Book Publishing.

According to the publishers, it tells the “true story of a bold and determined young girl who would do anything to achieve her dreams – even if it meant going against her father.”
In the summer of 1972, on a playground in Massapequa, a willful and talented 8-year-old girl named Pat Masotto makes the life-changing decision to become a soccer player. Not only does she play soccer, she comes to excel at the sport. Her focus, competitiveness, and determination inspired her fellow teammates as well as her coach, father, and number-one fan, Peter Masotto.
The book follows the story of father and daughter, coach and player as they begin their journey from the Massapequa soccer fields, on to travel teams in the community, to new heights at Massapequa High School, to college soccer stardom at Nassau County Community College and finally, to Patricia’s untimely death in a car accident, just as she was set for greater glory at George Mason University in Virginia.

A Soccer Immortal

Patricia Masotto was the finest female soccer athlete to come out of Massapequa’s always-competitive world of sports.
At Massapequa High School, she set scoring records that stand to this day. After college, she matriculated at Farmingdale State University. However, the coach at Farmingdale, as Clark relates, did not let Patricia play soccer since she was already playing in a Massapequa youth league. And so, Patricia transferred to Nassau County Community College, where she set even more scoring records, marks that also stand to this day. Patricia was set to attend George Mason University in the fall of 1986, when she perished in a tragic car accident on Conklin Avenue in Farmingdale.
But Patricia’s greatness on the soccer field will never be forgotten. The book will, of course, serve as a lasting testimony to her unforgettable talent. So, too, will her 2007 posthumous induction into the Eastern New York Youth League Soccer Hall of Fame. Peter Masotto was inducted into that same Hall of Fame in 1996. And so, Dad’s Masterpiece ends with Peter delivering an emotional acceptance speech to his late daughter’s induction.
Clark claims that Patricia was not just a Long Island star, but one of the finest female soccer players in the country. He is convinced that Patricia would have made both the U.S. Olympic soccer squad and the World Cup soccer team. Patricia and her father were both “destined for greatness.” Dad’s Masterpiece is a testament to the life of a young woman’s passion for the game and her father’s unending love for his daughter, a book that will keep Patricia’s memory—and her achievements—evergreen.
“This is a heartwarming and heart-wrenching story of triumph and tragedy that will touch the hearts of budding young athletes everywhere, and the parents who will always believe in them,” the publishers note.
Jeffrey M. Clark’s 20-year writing career includes speeches, corporate correspondence, and political campaign material. While assigned to write an acceptance speech for Peter Masotto’s induction into the Hall of Fame, Clark learned of Patricia’s tragic end. He became inspired by Pat’s story and was compelled to write an account of her amazing life. Jeffrey Clark lives in Mineola with his wife, Maureen, and their six children.
Dad’s Masterpiece is priced at $22.50. Strategic Book Publishing is located in Manhattan at 845 Third Ave. Call 1-888-808-6190 or go to the book’s web page at www.strategicbookpublishing.com/DadsMasterpiece.html.